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Opinion: Letter To Editor – Susan Russell (Keep Louisiana Beautiful)

Dear Editor,

On March 18, Leaders Against Litter, a Keep Louisiana Beautiful event, will engage business and community leaders, and elected officials to “lead the way” for a litter-free Louisiana. Over 1,000 leaders throughout the state will pick up litter along roadways followed by their pledge to support efforts to keep Louisiana beautiful.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser is leading the charge, along with state agencies such as Volunteer Louisiana, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the Department of Environmental Quality, and the Department of Transportation and Development. They will stand in unity at the State Capitol with Keep Louisiana Beautiful to publicly pledge to; SPEAK UP and spread the word that litter is not acceptable; PICK UP litter whenever they see it; STAND UP and lead the way for a litter-free Louisiana.

It is critical for our leaders to understand the direct and indirect cost that litter has on Louisiana and this event helps to communicate those points. The support of our leadership body is so very important but there is only so much they can do. They can and should make this a priority and bring attention to the illegal dumping and litter problem in Louisiana, but permanent solutions will only come when each and every Louisiana citizen takes personal responsibility for their actions. After all, if we don’t throw it down, we don’t have to pick it up. Roadside and waterway litter removal is a big part of what we do, but the majority of our efforts focus on permanently changing attitudes and behaviors through education, effective recycling, anti-litter and waste reduction programs, and environmental law enforcement. Participating parishes and cities from Abbeville, Assumption, Baton Rouge, Bossier, Covington, De Ridder, East Feliciana, Eunice, Greater Lake Charles, Hammond, Jefferson, Lacombe, Lafayette, Mandeville, Monroe, Morehouse, Natchitoches, New Orleans, Ouachita, Shreveport, Slidell, St. James, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Union, West Baton Rouge and West Monroe will have community cleanups during Great American Cleanup season from March to May. I am inviting you to be a part of this movement to preserve and protect our beautiful state. To get involved and learn more, visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is the state’s leading nonprofit that brings private and public sectors together to build and sustain vibrant, clean communities. We are active in 39 communities throughout the state, but we cannot do it alone. We need everyone’s help, from state leaders and decision-makers, to homemakers and citizen volunteers. Together we can keep Louisiana beautiful. Won’t you join us?

Susan Russell
Executive Director 985-502-9024
Keep Louisiana Beautiful P O Box 8990 Mandeville, LA 70470

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